The Photophobic Society of America was started in 2016 in order to help the millions of people both in the U.S. and across the globe who are suffering from photophobia. Photophobia is an extreme and painful sensitivity to light. It can be caused by an injury, headaches and migraines, medications, diseases, and more. It is estimated that there are over 100 million photophobic people throughout the world.
One of our founders, Bruce Holden, has worked as an optician since 1972 and had seen the many difficulties photophobia causes. In 2008, he experienced firsthand the devastation of photophobia after a concussion. He witnessed the horrible effects of photophobia on the brain and the nervous system. He was unable to work, or do much of anything, for over one year, and he continued to deal with light sensitivity for three years. This dramatic experience opened his eyes to the photophobic world and then/the conditions in which they live. He also realized that there was a drastic lack of guidance or support for these people. Mr. Holden recovered miraculously with much prayer and support and determination.
Now, we are working to establish and grow a non-profit charity that will serve as a valuable resource for those who are suffering from photophobia. Photophobic Society of America was established after discovering a little known, but extremely large group of people needing special help with their medical difficulties. We identified a real need living quietly among all of us. There is at least one person in every four households in America that has had or will have photophobia issues in their lifetime.
We can help these suffering people by referring photophobics to medical clinics, doctors, hospitals, and many governmental agencies from the local level to the federal government. Insurance companies, fraternal organizations (like the Lion’s Club, Kiwanis, Rotary Club, Shriner’s, Masons, and many others) might have a sincere desire to help in benevolent ways.
Some of these organizations will be interested in providing quality sunglasses that really work at little to no cost to our recipients. This would be an absolute “God Send” to most of these people, and can really be a life changer for many of them.
Until now, “Photophobia” was known only to the medical community. We can create an awareness that will actually benefit millions of people worldwide.
We will seek help, and assistance from institutional organizations, many varied, interested agencies, and philanthropic individuals as well.
We can make the world a better place for millions of people! Consider joining us as we share in the joy, and that special “feel good” sensation experienced deep within our soul when helping our fellow man.